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James Maxey

Chief Executive Officer

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Chief Executive Officer

James Maxey

James Maxey founded Express Solicitors in September 2000, and as Chief Executive Officer has overseen the steady growth of the business.

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Now one of the UK’s leading independent specialist Personal Injury Law firms, James has established the firm’s reputation as tough litigators who provide an unrivalled level of customer service.

James’ vision for Express Solicitors has involved placing a huge emphasis on training new solicitors, enabling Express Solicitors to attract some of the brightest legal talent in the UK. James concurs with wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill who believed that “to improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often“.

A qualified solicitor with over twenty years experience, James was a Law Society Personal Injury Panel member for over ten years.

James is well known in the industry for having a superb success rate with uncertain and non-standard claims. These include a substantial settlement for five children who tragically lost both parents in an air crash.

Notable media appearances include appearing on BBC Breakfast TV, BBC Radio 4′s You and Yours programme as well as at an ABS seminar where he was invited to speak as an industry expert.

Originally from Southport, James now resides in Cheshire with his wife and children. Combining the roles of Managing Partner and the father of twins means his free time is at a premium, but when he does get the opportunity he indulges in his passion for scuba diving.

In the News

Law Gazette (19 October 2023) Fast-expanding Express Solicitors bucks trend of retrenchment in PI sector
Legal Futures (19 October 2023) Acquisitions help propel fast-growing PI firm to rapid growth
North West Insider (9 October 2023) Growth plans on track at Express Solicitors
Solicitors Journal (9 October 2023) Another year of record turnover success for Express
The Business Desk (6 October 2023). Law Firm on course to hit £60m turnover before forecast
Legal Futures (6 October 2023). Express Solicitors continues strong record in Legal 500
Legal Futures (29 September 2023). Express Solicitors continues to climb up the list of Top 100 law firms.
Legal Futures (14 September 2023). Focus on employee development and progress at ever-growing Express Solicitors
Insider Media Limited (28 July 2023). Express Solicitors makes double acquisition
Law 360 (27 July 2023). Manchester Firm Acquires 2 Personal Injury Practices
The Law Society Gazette (27 July 2023). PI practice eyeing number one spot snaps up two more firms
Local Government Lawyer (5th June 2023). Latest data on civil claims demonstrate “how badly justice has declined”, consumer justice organisation says
Legal Futures (2nd June 2023). Time from issue to trial in county court hits record high of 80 weeks
Insurance Edge (2nd June 2023). ACSO Comment on Latest MoJ Portal Stats
The Law Society Gazette (1st June 2023). Civil court delays the 'worst on record'
ACSO (1st June 2023). ACSO comments on Q1 2023 Civil Justice Statistics
Legal Futures (24th May 2023). “One of the most important jobs in the world.” How midwifery care falls below the standard required and the duties they need to uphold
Business Manchester (22nd May 2023). OfficeInsight Win Design and Fit-Out Contract for New Manchester-Based Injury Law Firm HQ
The Business Desk (18th May 2023). Fit-out specialist wins contract to refurb law firm’s new base
Business Live (20th February 2023). Richard Pennycook, Colliers and Express Solicitors: The 13 latest North West hires and promotions
The Business Desk (17th February 2023). People: Alderstone Solicitors; Beever and Struthers; Moneypenny; Propertymark; Express Solicitors; CoolKit
Insider Media (15th February 2023). Experienced serious injury team joins Express Solicitors
Business Mondays (14th February 2023). Express Solicitors Keeps Pace With Growth Plans With The Appointment Of Experienced Team Of Six From Linder Myers
Business Mondays (8th February 2023). Express Solicitors Achieves ‘Best Companies’ Accolade For The First Time Along With Another Year Of Solid Growth
Business Manchester (6th February 2023). Express Solicitors achieves ‘Best Companies’ accolade along with another year of solid growth
Bath Beacon (1st February 2023). Express Solicitors to recruit pupil barristers for first time
Legal Cheek (1st February 2023). Express Solicitors to recruit pupil barristers for first time
The Law Society Gazette (30th January 2023). PI firm ‘first’ to offer pupillage for barristers
The Business Desk (30th January 2023). Personal injury law firm maintains record turnover and targets further acquisitions
Legal Futures (30th January 2023). Express, Ince, NAHL and Fletchers step up PI market activity
In Your Area (16th January 2023). Top Manchester law firm goes from strength to strength with new £4million office
The Law Society Gazette (16th January 2023). PI firm bucking market gloom with plans to double in size
Solicitors Journal (13th January 2023). Express Solicitors acquires new office with plan to offer up to 500 new jobs
Law News (13th January 2022). Top 100 Law Firm Express Solicitors Acquires New Office Building
The Business Desk (12th January 2023). Law firm completes £4.4m deal for new 40,000 sq ft base
Civil Litigation Brief (7th December 2022). Claimant should have been given permission to rely on expert evidence on deputyship and court of protection costs: Successful appeal to the high court
Legal Cheek (29th November 2022). Revealed: The best law firms for peer support and partner approachability 2023
Insider Media (4th November 2022). Law firm acquires counterpart to continue growth strategy
Business Lancashire (4th November 2022). Express Solicitors’ ambitious expansion plan in the PI sector sees them acquire Michael W Halsall
Business Cheshire (4th November 2022). Express Solicitors’ growth strategy in the PI sector furthers with the successful acquisition of Michael W Halsall Solicitors
Business Manchester (4th November 2022). Express Solicitors continue their growth strategy in PI sector by acquiring Michael W Halsall Solicitors
Law News (3rd November 2022). Express Solicitors Acquire Michael W Halsall Solicitors to Continue Growth Strategy in PI Sector
Legal Futures (2nd November 2022). Large PI firm Michael W Halsall Solicitors Ltd sold to Express Solicitors in latest post-reform consolidation move
The Business Desk (24th October 2022). Law firms recognised in latest Chambers rankings
Business Manchester (20th October 2022). Top 100 Law Firm Express Solicitors Ranked in Chambers & Partners 2023 for Clinical Negligence
Business Lancashire (3rd October 2022). The official top 100 law firm’s rankings are out and Express Solicitors secures its spot
Business Manchester (3rd October 2022). New Round of Promotions at Express Solicitors
Business Manchester (3rd October 2022). Express Solicitors ranks in the top 100 law firms rankings
The Lawyer (13th September 2022). Cost of living: UK firms are now giving one-off payments to lower earners
Legal Cheek (6th September 2022). Express Solicitors offers staff an extra week’s pay as cost-of-living support
MSN (2nd September 2022). Law firm to hand hundreds of staff an extra week's pay to ease cost of living crisis
Business Live (2nd September 2022). Law firm to hand hundreds of staff an extra week's pay to ease cost of living crisis
The Law Society Gazette (1st September 2022). Firm offers a week’s pay to all as cost-of-living help
Lancashire Telegraph (28th July 2022): Burnley and Preston courts among best in UK for civil cases
The Law Society Gazette (27th May 2022): Civil cases waiting up to 15 months for first hearing - Law Society Gazette
Insurance Edge (27th May 2022). Civil Court Delays Are Having Serious Impact
ACSO (26th May 2022): Civil cases taking years to come to court; new data shows civil justice postcode lottery
bbp Media (25th January 2022): RBS agrees £8m revolving credit agreement with Manchester’s Express Solicitors
The Business Desk (24th January 2022): £8m backing towards law firm’s ambitious growth strategy
The Business Desk (1st November 2021): Express Solicitors
The Law Society Gazette (1st November 2021): Leading PI firm sitting on cash pile on hunt for acquisitions
Business Live (11th October 2021): People on the move: 21 top North West appointments you should not miss
Claims Magazine (September 2016): Stop the Small Claims limit rise (Interview with James Maxey)
Claims Media (4th June 2015). Express Solicitors purchases 450 personal injury cases from Ashfields Solicitors
Manchester Evening News (25th September 2014): Revenues Rise at Express Solicitors
BBC Radio 4 (7th June 2014): James Maxey discusses exaggerated whiplash claims
BBC Breakfast (7th June 2014): Interview with James Maxey
Claims Media (12th May 2014). Express Solicitors buys Lavin Copitch Solicitors for £250,000
Manchester Evening News (8th May 2014): Express Solicitors Acquires Lavin Copitch Solicitors
The Business Desk (10th April 2014): Express Solicitors Secures ABS License
The Law Society Gazette (2nd December 2013): My Legal Life with James Maxey
Eclipse Legal Systems on YouTube (9th October 2013). James Maxey discusses the Eclipse case management system
The Lawyer Online (30th September 2013). Express Solicitors turnover rockets by 35%
Manchester Evening News (20th September 2012). Express Solicitors's fee income rises 28 per cent to £5.4m
(7th February 2012): James Maxey speaking at ABS Seminar in Liverpool
BBC Radio 4 (18th January 2012): Interview with James Maxey
Manchester Evening News (22nd December 2011). Managing partner at Express Solicitors James Maxey lets us in to the 'Secret of my success'
The Business Desk (24th November 2011): Profits hit £1.36m at PI Firm Express Solicitors
The Lawyer Online (12th June 2011). Work Life Quiz: James Maxey, Express Solicitors